Prayers of the People | December 22nd

I invite the community of Saint Benedict’s Table into a time of prayerful reflection with a poem by Edwina Gateley.

Be silent.
Be still.
Alone.
Empty
Before your God.
Say nothing.
Ask nothing.
Be silent.
Be still.
Let your God look upon you.
That is all.
God knows.
God understands.
God loves you
With an enormous love,
And only wants
To look upon you
With that love.
Quiet.
Still.
Be.

Let your God—Love you.

Let us pray…

Loving God, we look to you.

We forward to the good things you have planned.

You are in the business of making all things new.

We welcome your presence with us this day.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.  

 

We thank you for this Advent season in which we reflect on…

Your Son, Jesus Christ, Savior, Redeemer, Friend,

Immanuel, God with us.

Coming in the form of a baby you changed the course of history forever!

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.  

 

We are mindful of your work in our lives,

from life’s first cry to final breath, you remain faithful.

You remain faithful to your promises.

You are a constant source of joy in our lives.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.  

 

We praise you for all that you are doing in  and through

the community of faith at SBT,

Both at home and abroad.

We acknowledge your presence at work in…

The people who live in the West Broadway Neighborhood;

Ministries such as Agape Table; and work done in Haiti.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.  

 

We turn to you with those things for which we have no answers…

Desperation, separation, condemnation, in temptation, isolation,

We let these things go, and commit them into your loving hands.

We entrust to you at this time those whom we now name aloud.

(allow silence for people to pray aloud)

 

Tender, loving, and compassionate God.

Through your Spirit, we pray your anointing on these, Your people. Continue to care for and comfort them in their time of need.

Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

In the moments in which we invariably shrink back,

drawing further away from you,

We ask for your loving arms to pull us tight, close to you,

Reminding us of your good purposes,

That are rooted in your endless love,

To never let us go. And to always be with us.

Amen.

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